Country fans back in droves at Gympie Muster’s birthplace

COUNTRY music fans are loving the return to the historic Thornside venue, near Gympie.

Tents and stalls surrounded the natural amphitheatre for the weekend's Widgee Thornside Country Music Muster.

It was reminiscent of scenes more than 30 years ago, when the Webb Brothers hosted the first Country Music Muster there, before it was moved to Amamoor State Forest.

On Friday, organisers said there were more than 100 caravans already set up in the free campgrounds.

At that time they estimated about 500 people were at the venue waiting for the opening in the afternoon.

The big rush hit Widgee on Friday night as campers from all around the region arrived to take in the top line-up of country music.

Country star Travis Collins (pictured) closed the opening night show on Friday after a heartfelt set by Theebine country star Graeme Jensen.

The action continued yesterday with talent including Tania Kernaghan, Jade Hurley, Marcus Meier and the Webb Brothers.

Pig racing is also on the agenda.

One camper who couldn't wait for the action to start was Wally Sanderson from Currimundi.

Mr Sanderson said he wanted to come back because he had been to Thornside for the second and third Musters.

"It is great to be back and help out a great cause," Mr Sanderson said.

He was also looking forward to today's line-up with Graeme Connors closing the show.

All money raised from the event will go to local community groups and to the flood appeal.

To get to the event just drive to Widgee and follow the signs to Thornside.

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